Fourth Blood test results

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The results finally came on Saturday. Admittedly this was three and a half weeks after the tests, but still, they came.

In the meeting itself I had to wait 2 hours after my appointment time and then was seen by a new doctor. I had to explain to him what my condition was as he had never seen my notes before. Lucky I’ve done my homework…

He felt me up a little and we determined that the spleen has not grown as he also had trouble finding it. The precise reason it hurts when I exercise is still a mystery as it probably remains about 15 cm’s and some peoples get to 40 before they even notice. Still one of those things I guess.

So the results themselves show a mixed picture. overall though good news. My white counts have gone up, as have my Lymphocytes (both to be expected) and they had gone up roughly in line with expectations. It also looks like it could be a few years until i need treatment, although i won’t take anything for granted.

To recap in Splenic Lymphoma the two things to worry about are rising Lymphocyte and white blood cell counts or falling red blood cells counts. If you have a lymphocyte count of over 10000 then this indicates a blood disorder, and this was how I was diagnosed. Average for an adult is 1,000 and 4,800 lymphocytes per ML. The red cell count can go down if the white cells start to see them as a threat. (Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (or autoimmune haemolytic anaemia; AIHA) occurs when antibodies directed against the person’s own red blood cells (RBCs) cause them to burst (lyse), leading to insufficient plasma concentration)

Luckily I don’t appear to suffer from this, although one of my regular readers does and it sounds like a real nightmare.

Anyway without further ado.

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So that means in terms of progression:

White Cell Count

This one shows how the white cells have increased.

Lymphocyte count

This one shows the progression of Lymphocytes.

Future White Cell

This one shows how the white cells have increased.

This final one is a graph which shows, should all things remain equal, when i will hit 100 white cell count. This is the point where I might require treatment. In terms o this its not an exact science and is more to do with how I feel, rather than number based. If I feel fine with everything they will wait until it gets as high as 200. If I feel bad with a count of 70, then that is when we will discuss treatment Still this gives me some kind of measure anyway.

My next tests are scheduled for 9 months time, so I can ignore it all things being equal, until May time next year.

Anyway we picked up the keys for the house yesterday and plan to start works tomorrow, so I should be kept quite busy with that.

Until next time folks…

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